Game Reports & Team of the Week



Congratulations to all Dutch Lions players selected for our 4th team of the week! In week 4, Emily (U12 Girls), has been selected as the player of the week for her offensive effort providing a hat trick in the U12 girls 6-4 victory over Butler.

Team of the Week 4




Dayton Dutch Lions FC U9 Girls
Tournament record: 2-2-0
Player of the tournament: Rachel

The Dutch Lions U9 Girls played this weekend at the Fall Ball Classic and started the Tournament with a win. They created several chances to score and were leading 2-0 at the 1st half. During the 2nd half, the girls had good chances to score but could not finish the chances they created, ending the game with a 3-2 win for the Dutch Lions Girls.

The 2nd game of the tournament was the toughest game for the team during the tournament, since they had no subs for the game. The girls lost 5-2 and despite the result, they played better and had more opportunities than the opposite team. Especially in the first half, were they played most of the time on the opponents half and had a lot of 1v1 situations against the Goal Keeper.

On the 2nd Tournament day, the girls were in the race for the final and needed a win in their 3rd game and had to score more goals than the team that was competing for a spot at the finals. They didn’t started well and conceded a goal at the 2nd minute, but due to a great attitude and effort they put in the game, especially in the 2nd half, the young lions ended the game with a 5-1 and guaranteed their place in the final.

2 hours after their game, the girls were back at the field for the finals against the same team they had lost to on the 2nd game of the tournament.

It was an entertaining game with both teams playing for the win and opportunities back and forth, but the opposing team was more efficient and the Dutch Lions girls lost 4-2.

Coach Paulo said after the game “The girls played very well this weekend. They played 4 games, all of them with the same attitude and effort. And the most important thing is they played well as a team and all of them had fun and enjoyed the experience. We also would like to thank Audrey, Emerson and Lakin for guest playing this tournament with the Dutch Lions.”

There were a few players with good performance during this weekend, but Rachel’s defensive effort was huge, putting a lot of effort on the game. She also was very assertive with ball making some good decisions in moment to pass the ball.


Southwest SC G04 Gold vs. Dayton Dutch Lions FC U11G
Friday, September 25, 2015
Result: 5-0 L (3-0)
Player of the Game: Aliana

The Dutch Lions U11 Girls played this weekend in their 4th game of the Fall Season 2015 at the Weber Soccer Complex against Southwest SC G04 Gold with 0-1 lost as the end result.

Offensively, the DDL girls played well and during the game it was possible to see good ideas and intention when the girls had the ball. A lot of good passes and good combinations allowed the Dutch Lions girls to build their attack and create many chances to score, especially from the flank channels by changing speed and moves on 1v1 situations.

Defensively, the girls were organized with good positioning on the field, recovering and closing the space after losing the ball. They worked well as team and it good to see the teamwork and support with great defensive recovery runs when one teammate was beaten on 1v1 situations.

Coach Paulo said after the game “This game was one of the toughest games that we played in our league, but the girls did a good job. They had an amazing attitude and effort on the game, and are becoming more confident and stronger game after game”.

Player of the game was Aliana. “In a game very physical, Aliana stood out with her aggressiveness in the individual duels, good positioning, speed, and technique in the offensive process that allowed the team to be more effective in the attack.”


Dutch Lions U11 Boys vs. Enon Knights
Friday, September 25th, 2015
Result: W 1-0
Player of the game: Anthony

The Dutch Lions U11 boys took the field at the DDL Complex vs. Enon Knights in their 3rd game of the mvysa season. Anthony’s break through goal in the first half was enough to seal the 3rd win of the season for the Lions.

Offensively. The Lions did their best to keep possession of the ball and successfully reached the wingers on multiple occasions. Anthony was able to get his goal after a cross from the wingers and he calmly placed the ball into the lower left corner of the goal.

Defensively, the Lions stayed compact and kept the defensive organization throughout the game. Strong leadership in the defensive half sealed another shutout for the Lions.

Coach Shane after the game, “Another solid performance from the U11 Boys! We had limited subs and boys put in a great effort on defense to secure the 1 goal lead to the final whistle. The boys continue to score goals when we need them and I have seen a big improvement with our attacking players.”

Coach Shane nominated Anthony as the player of the game for his offensive production and supplied the game winning goal.


Dutch Lions U11 Boys vs. Botkins SC
Saturday, September 26th, 2015
Result: W 2-1
Player of the game: Braxton

In their 2nd match-up of the weekend, the U11 boys hit the road to play against Botkins SC at Community Park. The Lions energy and effort offensively powered their way to victory with a 2-1 comeback win.

Offensively, the Lions wingers were the best offensive weapon and created multiple scoring opportunities. An excellent follow-up play from Justus earned him the game tying goal and Aaron would regain the lead after an impressive individual skill in box and a low shot found the back of the net.

Defensively, the Lions were strong in their tackles and worked extremely hard as a defensive unit. The Lions defended well as a team and gave up limited scoring opportunities to fast paced Botkins SC attack.

Coach Shane was quoted after the game, “We showed great mentality this game after giving up the early goal. We continued to play our game and were able to regain the lead before halftime, which was a positive boost for us. Playing 2 games in 2 days is tough but the boys pushed through in earned themselves the 4th victory of the season!

Coach Shane nominated Braxton as the player of the game for a solid effort in goal and also added a few goal saving moments to seal the victory.


Dayton Dutch Lions FC U12 Girls vs Butler United
Saturday, September 26th, 2015
Result: 6-4 Win
Player of the game: Emma

After playing the Midfest Tournament last weekend, the U12 Girls team are back to their MVYSA league games. This time the young ladies faced the Butler United team in a good match of soccer with goals and excitement from the beginning until the end.

Defensively the team had a positive performance overall, despite the 4 goals conceded. They were able to solve the majority of the situations the opposite team had created, showing a perfect knowledge of the space occupation and their defensive roles, individually and collectively.

However, the team committed a couple of crucial mistakes from what resulted the 4 goals. The team needs to understand the moments better were they can risk a little or when they need to play simple, solving the problem immediately.

With the ball, the girls had their best performance so far, their passing game is becoming more solid and effective, they showed moments of good soccer, with several combinations utilizing the entire field, creating a handful of great situations to score.

It was also important to see the girls feeling confident enough to drop the ball on the field, keeping the ball possession, and looking for a different solution instead of forcing the same side or option and they are starting to recognize these moments better, when it is possible to move up on the field and when the space is congested.

After the game we found a happy coach who has the following to say: “Today we had probably the best performance of the season so far, especially in offensive terms with a lot of good moments, besides the goals there’s a lot of things that we did really well. I believe that we are getting better week after week, and part of it is due to all the hard work that the girls put at every training session since the beginning of the season. It’s impressive and gratifying work with this group of girls, with this kind of commitment, they always come to the practices with a great attitude and will to learn and improve.”

This weekend, we nominated Emma as player of the match. Besides her offensive influence, completing a hat trick she was very useful to the team with her defensive efforts, recovering balls and balancing the team.


Dayton Dutch Lions U12 Boys vs. Wapak Red Riders
Sunday, September 27th, 2015
Result: 1-5 L
Player of the game: Aaron

The U12 played a good first half offensively. They created a few good chances but they were unlucky with finishing. Also after half time, they started better with a lot of good chances were created but unfortunately could not score. It was Jake who scored the one and only goal for the U12 Boys with a nice shot!

Defensively the boys started very good! With Aaron as their goalie, who did a great job, there was no chances for the Riders to score in the first 25 minutes. Unfortunately for DDL, because of the fast striker from the Riders, they scored a few times off the counter attack.

After the game, coach Michiel was realistic, “We played a good game, but the other team had some fast and big players. It was hard for us to compete with them. But our boys worked very hard during the game!’

According to coach Michiel, the player of the game was Aaron, “He did a great job as a goalie and had some nice saves to keep the game competitive.”


Dayton Dutch Lions FC U13B vs Green County Cosmos
Saturday, September 26, 2015
Result: 4-2 (0-1) W
Player of the Game: Lochlan

The Dayton Dutch Lions FC U13 Boys played their third game of the 2015 fall season, which ended with the first win of the season. In a game where the young lions where 0-1 down at half time they showed great effort and ended up getting the win with Lochlan scoring all four goals for the team.

Defensively it was a game with up and downs. At moments the defenders showed good organization and were quick to the ball but on other moments, the back line was disorganized and disconnected and ended up conceding two goals.

On the ball the lions are showing great improvement with some good overall combination play. Big chances where created with Simon, Dominc M, Lochlan, and Robbie came close to scoring during the first half. It was not until the 2nd half that Lochlan was able to find the net 4 times.

Coach Sid after the games had the following to say “We were the better team today and for the first time this season, the result shows it. I am happy with the result off course as we all prefer winning to losing but at the end, it doesn’t matter how many games we win at this age. What I want to see is improvement from the players and the team and consequently the wins will come as well. We have been improving day by day and I am sure the boys will keep this up. ”

Lochlan was nominated as player of the game as he scored four goals, created many other chances and was vital in the teams win.


Dayton Dutch Lions FC U13 Boys vs Springfield Thunder
Sunday, September 27th, 2015
Result: 2-0 L
Player of the game: Simon

After a convincing victory on Saturday, the U13 boys played their second game of the weekend on Sunday against the Springfield Thunder in a very close and competitive match from the beginning and were the details ended up making the difference.

Defensively and despite the goals conceded, the team had a positive performance overall. The team very organized, with a good space occupation, closing the spaces around the ball, and for multiple time pressing high forcing the mistake of the opponent. They solved most of the situations with good discernment showing that they were perfectly conscious about their roles when the team doesn’t have the ball. However, they need to be more aggressive, anticipating the plays and the opponents.

Offensively, the boys tried to dictate the game from the beginning, showing ability and the confidence necessary to move the ball on the ground and keep the possession when it was not possible move up on the field. It was good to see how the possession game is becoming more solid and fluent. Besides that, the majority of the plays and decisions were with purpose, showing that the team is creating their own identity.

However they don’t create enough situations in the last third of the field, they need to be more creative and dynamic to be able to unbalance the opponents back line often.

After the final whistle, Coach Bruno has the following to say: “In my opinion, it was a really even match, the boys were very well organized especially on the defense. It’s good to see how they already recognize the moments of the game and how they care about their decisions making. Some individual mistakes here and there ended up making the difference at the end but overall and in terms of soccer, I believe that we were the best team inside the field, at least the more conscious about what to do with and without the ball.” Concluding, “The soccer is a process that takes time to learn, but I truly believe that the team is walking in the right direction”

Simon was nominated as player of the match for his defensive efforts, he was very focused during the entire game, anticipating the plays multiple times, and covering his teammates when was necessary.


Dutch Lions U14 Girls vs. Greene County Cosmos
Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015
Result: 1-0
Player of the game: Ainsley

The Dutch Lions U14 Girls faced off against Greene County Cosmos in a midweek league match at DOC Stadium. A defensive battle throughout the game as the Cosmos found the back of the net late in the game to break the 0-0 score line.

Offensively, the Lions had their best offensive showing and created multiple scoring opportunities. Through balls behind the high defensive line of the Cosmos created a multiple 1v1 breakaways with the keeper but could not find the back of the net.

Defensively, the Lions stayed organized and covered each other well against the strong Greene County offense.

Coach Shane had this to say about the game, “Another competitive game for us and we were a bit unlucky to give up the late corner kick goal. We were very strong defensively and did not allow many scoring chances for Greene County. Our attack was much improved this game and it is important for us to build off that confidence to start getting the goals we need this season.”

Coach Shane nominated Ainsley as the player of the game for an excellent effort defensively.


Dutch Lions U14 Girls vs. DC Houligans 01
Sunday, September 27th, 2015
Result: 2-0
Player of the game: Alessandra

The Dutch Lions kicked off their 2nd match-up of the weekend against DC Houligans at Franklin Monroe High School. A competitive game for both teams that included a strong defensive effort for the Lions and the DC Houligans displayed their strength and power offensively.

Offensively, the Lions possessed the ball better this game and put in a great effort trying to keep the ball off the dribble or with a pass. The Lions were most effective on the wings but just missed out on the final cross or pass into the box for their teammates.

Defensively, the Lions were much more aggressive and matched up well against the strong and fast Houligans offense. The Lions stayed compact as a team and made it difficult for the opponent to break down the defense.

Coach Shane was quoted, “I enjoyed seeing the U14 girls playing more aggressive today and that really helped us regain ball possession on multiple occasions. We are trying to keep possession of the ball but it is difficult when you do not have any passing options. We need to get more players up the field to support the players on the ball. We will continue to work on our offensive production and will begin preparing for our next game.”

Coach Shane nominated Alessandra as the player of the game for her defensive leadership and kept the defensive organized throughout the game.


Dayton Dutch Lions U14 Boys vs. Celtic
Sunday, September 27th, 2015
Result: 2-2
Player of the game: Griffin

The U14 Boys played a very good game against Celtic. The Lions created a lot of chances because of their good passes and possession of the ball. In the first half, Elijah sent Dominic away with a nice pass. Dominic gave a cross and Robert (from U13) chipped the ball over their goalie. Excellent play from our boys! In the second half, Joshua almost had a goal with a shot off the post and the Celtic defense had no answer with speed up top. It was Griffin who scored the second goal for the U14 Boys with a phenomenal shot from the 18-yard line.

Defensively, the Dutch Lions were very organized. Unfortunately two corner kicks resulted in two goals for Celtic. But it was by far the best game defensively that the U14 Boys have played. Everybody was marking their opponent and the goalie had a few saves as well.

Coach Michiel was very excited about the game, “In this game we saw a lot of improvement. We are showing our hard work on the practices and finally during the game. I am very proud of the boys and this was a very good result.’

Thanks to his second goal and working very hard in the midfield, Griffin is chosen as the Man of the Match But I also want to give a big applause to our defense who did an excellent job!’ said Coach Michiel.

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